In a recent interview with ABC News, Alec Baldwin, who has had Lyme disease for the last 20 years, opened up about the fatal accident that happened on the set of the movie "Rust."
On October 21, 2021, the lives of Halyna Hutchins' family changed forever as she was killed during a tragic accident on the set of "Rust" by a gun in Alex Baldwin's hands. However, Baldwin revealed he did not pull the trigger.
During a rehearsal for the film, David Halls, assistant director, unknowingly handed Baldwin a gun that allegedly had one live round in it. Halls shouted "cold gun" to indicate it was safe as he assumed it was only loaded with blanks.
Alec Baldwin during his 2021 interview with ABC News [Left]; A view of the "Rust" set [Right] | Photo: YouTube//TODAY & Twitter/ABC
However, as Baldwin lifted the gun during the rehearsal, it went off and fatally wounded Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. According to a police affidavit, neither Halls nor Baldwin knew the gun had live ammunition.
For the first time since the tragic accident that took the cinematographer's life, Baldwin has spoken out about the incident during an ABC News interview titled "Alex Baldwin: Unscripted."
Alec Baldwin co-hosting "The View" in 2020. | Photo: Getty Images
The news outlet shared a glimpse into the tell-all interview on Twitter. In the clip, Baldwin tearily shares that Hutchins was admired and loved by her colleagues.
He also revealed although the gun went off, he did not pull the trigger. He emphasized that he would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger. He went on to explain when asked why a live bullet was on set:
"I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property."
Furthermore, the "30 Rock" actor revealed being responsible for someone else's mortality was the worst thing he has gone through. He once admitted he had to face his own mortality during a nasty bout of Lyme disease.
In 2017, Baldwin revealed he had been living with Lyme disease since he was first bitten by a tick during his 40s. Each year, as summer hits, he has to deal with symptoms, including joint pain and profuse sweating, associated with the illness.
He explained that the first time he suffered from the disease was horrible. He was not married and divorced from his first wife at the time. He recalled lying in bed thinking he was going to die alone from the disease.
Fortunately, he made it through the bout of illness. However, he still lives in fear of Lyme disease and worries that his children could one day experience it so he and his wife, Hilaria, constantly check their children for any signs of tick bites.